Intel i5 or i7? Tags: CPUs Intel i7 Intel i5 Last response: October 15, 2011 1:43 AM in CPUs Share rootofgood October 15, 2011 12:18:17 AM I'm purchasing a cpu this weekend but I need help on which to get. It's for gaming. I heard the only difference between the two processors is hyper-threading. Which should I buy the i5 or i7? More about : intel | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove dirtyferret CPUs Authority October 15, 2011 12:34:24 AM unless you plan to build a top of the line rig with top tier cards in SLI/CF, you won't notice any real world difference with a i5 CPU | Report abuse Cygnus x-1 CPUs Expert October 15, 2011 1:21:22 AM For general computing and gaming, the i5 is plenty. If your going to be doing a lot of video rendering, or other cad type stuff, then go for the i7. | Report abuse JJLD October 15, 2011 1:29:21 AM For gaming? i5 is good enough. I would save money on CPU and invest more on GPU. | Report abuse nordlead October 15, 2011 1:43:48 AM the i5-2500k will get you just as good frame rates as the i7-2600k for $100 less. That money is better spent on a SSD or a better GPU. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>CPUs>Intel i5 or i7?> Related ressources: ForumIntel core i5 or i7 ? ForumAMD 6 processor, Intel i5 or i7 ? ForumWhich is better Intel i5 or i7 for programmers ForumWhy Video Encoding takes longer On Intel I7 than I5 ? ForumIntel i5 + GPU VS i7 without GPU for HD vid, gaming, music production ForumIntel i5 or i7 ForumIs this compatible? Forum[Solved] Intel Core i5-2500K Processor (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache) Or AMD FX-8120 CPU (8 Forum[Solved] Crossroads: AMD FX or Intel? ForumIntel dualcore 2 7ghz processor 98 degree celcius heat is it normal or eny ForumAMD vs Intel? ForumIntel HD 3000 is really enough for gaming? ForumE6420 (4MB) CORE 2 DUO 2.13ghz or intel pentium 4 3.6ghz? ForumIntel i5-2500K vs i7-2600K? ForumWhat is the difference between AMD and Intel? Forum[Solved] H67 chipset & Intel K processors? More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !